Account of a London Corresponding Society meeting

Pamphlet

Description

English

In the wake of the French Revolution, demands for political reform in Britain remained moderate. Reform organisations, such as the London Corresponding Society, focused on questions of voting and parliamentary reform, avoiding more profound economic and social questions such as wealth inequality and working class poverty. Parliamentary reform, they believed, would result in a fairer system of taxation and lead to the end of burdensome wars and crippling political corruption. The handbill shown here details a peaceful meeting held by the London Corresponding Society in November 1795, to protest against the war with France and high food prices.

The British government nevertheless remained deeply worried about radical societies, and implemented an increasing array of repressive measures designed to curb their activities. These included the notorious ‘Gagging Acts’, first established in the mid-1790s, which banned political meetings of more than 50 people without prior permission and severely limited the levels of permissible criticism of the government or crown.

Full title
An Account of the resolutions passed at a meeting held November 12th, 1795, in the neighbourhood of Copenhagen House, etc. Signed John Ashley, Secretary
Published
estimated 1795 , London
Format
Pamphlet
Creator
London Corresponding Society
Held by
British Library
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Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
806.k.1.(129.)

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